The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was postponed owing to a COVID-19 outbreak in the bio-bubble, will now be conducted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the September-October window, just before the T20 World Cup. While the venues are not yet announced, three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, which hosted the IPL 2020, are likely to host the IPL 2021 as well.
Earlier, two KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier had tested positive for the COVID-19 infections and thus the entire squad was put under isolation. Post that, in the same evening, reports emerged that two members from the CSK squad, which was based in Delhi, had also tested positive.
Just when the BCCI had decided to shift the entire IPL to Mumbai in seven days time, the reports of Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha testing positive were out. Thus, considering the safety of all the players, the IPL Governing Council and the BCCI unanimously decided to postpone the tournament.
However, after assessing the situation, the BCCI after the Special General Meeting (SGM) confirmed that the remainder of IPL 2021 will be held in UAE, keeping the monsoon season as well as the dire situation of coronavirus in mind. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” the BCCI wrote in a release.
“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement read.
With regards to the conduction of T20 World Cup, the BCCI have asked for time to the ICC to take the right call. “The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the release concluded.
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